West End Women: Women and the London Stage 1918 - 1962

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Maggie Gale's West End Women uncovers groundbreaking material about women playwrights and the staging of their performances between the years 1918 and 1962.
It documents a dynamic era of social and theatrical history, analysing the transformations that occurred in the theatre and the lives of British women in relation to specific plays of the period. Focusing on the work of playwrights such as Dodie Smith, Clemence Dane, Gordon Daviot and Bridget Boland, Maggie Gale examines the...

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West End Women: Women and the London Stage 1918 - 1962

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Overview

Maggie Gale's West End Women uncovers groundbreaking material about women playwrights and the staging of their performances between the years 1918 and 1962.
It documents a dynamic era of social and theatrical history, analysing the transformations that occurred in the theatre and the lives of British women in relation to specific plays of the period. Focusing on the work of playwrights such as Dodie Smith, Clemence Dane, Gordon Daviot and Bridget Boland, Maggie Gale examines the cultural and political context within which they enjoyed commercial success and great notoriety.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415084963
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/16/1996
  • Series: Gender in Performance Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: West End Women, a Force to Be Reckoned With 1
2 Women in Society 1918-1962: An Overview 21
3 The London Stage 1918-1962: An Historical Context for Women in Theatre 38
4 To Work Or Not to Work: Representations of Working Women 73
5 Motherhood and the Family: From Matriarchs to Refusing Mothers 104
6 Dramatising History: The Search for National Heroines 139
7 Spinsters and Widows: Women Without Men 172
8 Postscript 194
App Table of plays by women on the London stage 1917-1959 198
Notes 238
Bibliography 245
Index 257
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